The LWRWC is proud of it’s philanthropy efforts; by the end of 2016, the WC donated over $250,000 to various charities. The club donated $30,000 in January 2017 to its adopted charites: SMART, HOPE, and SOLVE.
A Philanthropy Committee was created by the Board in 2014 to co-ordinate the philanthropic activities; the current  chair is Eileen Buzzard.
The Philanthropy Committee sponsors an on-going clothing and donation drive to the Hope Chest Thrift Store. This Shop helps support HOPE Family Services, Inc. in its mission to offer high quality services to survivors of domestic violence. Women can bring their items to donate to the monthly meetings, and members of the committee will deliver them to Hope Chest. If you are unable to come to the meeting, contact MaryLee Danahy >> for delivery arrangements. Tax receipts are available.
The LWRWC also offers a $1000 merit-based scholarship to a female Lakewood Ranch High School senior who will pursue a degree in higher education and resides within Lakewood Ranch and who has demonstrated commitment to community service, especially in a leadership role.
During January and February, 2014, the members of the WC built over 50 “Birthday Bags” for the children of HOPE. Each bag contains items that can be used to hold a party for a child whose family is at HOPE on his birthday.
The committee visited Hope Family Services and delivered the birthday bags and had a tour of the site. Five members of the committee delivered the bags and completed the tour: Carole Booher, Linda Tercyak, Cathy Reinitz , Patti Wrobel, and Trish Newman.
Email from Laurel Lynch, HOPE – 6/10/2014
Today we had a birthday for a 2 year old boy. His mom made cupcakes and
decorated the teen room so when he awakened from his nap….viola!
We / she could not have done it without the dedicated Women’s Club members
who made the bags.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! XO Laurel
HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE: Members brought unwrapped toys or gift cards to the Novemvber 2014 meeting to donate to the children at HOPE Family Services.